morning anxiety and Zoloft...

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   Posted 9/1/2010 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I increased my Zoloft from 50mg to 75mg last Tuesday; For the most part I was starting to feel much better. Last night I went to bed with some nervousness in my stomach and heart pounding. I woke up with the nervous stomach again. I has eased a bit but all the anxious thoughts have been racing through my mind and I find it hard to focus at work, and am feeling a bit weepy. I was going to increase my Zoloft to 100mg this weekend (as the doctor wanted me to go from 50 to 100mg in the first place without taking the 75) but am scared to do this as I am afraid it will cause even more anxiety but at the same time I want to increase to the full dose in hopes to feel better sooner. Any thoughts? I know it can take some time to feel the full effects from the Zoloft but its just so frustrating to deal with the ups and downs until then, making feel like I am having a setback with my anxiety and now the postpartum depression thing!  I always thought I "had it all together" and then WHAM!
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   Posted 9/4/2010 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
It is possible to have some increased anxiety (ironically enough) before the medication that's supposed to decrease your anxiety kicks in. The first few weeks tend to be the worst and then the side effects start to lessen. You might already know this. Of course the sooner you start the sooner you'll be past the initial side-effects, feeling better, and hopefully saying "I'm glad I started when I did".

In the meantime psychiatrists often prescribe something else like Xanax, Ativan, or Klonopin that can be used on more of a short-term basis to help you through the initial side effect period before the benefits of the Zoloft which can be used more long-term build up in your system. If you haven't already discussed that with your doctor, maybe it's worth asking about.....
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